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How to Evaluate Special Effect Paint on the Assembly Line 60% Faster

Learn how the MA-5 QC multi-angle spectrophotometer works with EFX QC software to improve color evaluation accuracy and track data for process improvement on assembled automotive parts.


When working on a fast-moving assembly line, quality controllers must quickly verify color harmony between assembled parts. This process can introduce many challenges.


Using the MA-5 QC Multi Angle Spectrophotometer for automotive color measurement Together, X-Rite's MA-5 QC multi-angle spectrophotometer and EFX QC software help quality controllers quickly evaluate metallic and special effect finishes on assembled automotive parts as they move down the line.

The MA-5 QC digitally communicates tolerances and measurement procedures with EFX QC software and collects, tracks, and reports color data to streamline approvals and identify areas for improvement. Built with quality control managers in mind, the solution can identify a paint defect early in the manufacturing process and avoid unnecessary repair costs.

This lightweight and compact instrument enables one handed operation and minimizes the fatigue associated with other multi-angle devices on the market. With optics on the tip, it is easy to align on shaped surfaces and tight intersections, while LED indicator lights ensure the instrument is correctly positioned on the sample.

The MA-5 QC includes a touch screen display with an intuitive interface for simple data input and analysis. It can be programmed for automated jobs to collect multiple data points and provides green and red pass/ fail tolerance lights for fail-proof analysis. It is the first device on the market to help users identify whether the temperature of a sample is affecting color data with an on-screen temperature preview.



The MA-5 QC and EFX QC software help quality controllers measure assembled automotive parts as they move down the line. Here’s how:*

*Compared against X-Rite legacy and competitor devices with five or more measurement angles. Size based on external volume dimensions.

How it Works

  1. Receive digital color data that describes both color and special effect appearance for the automobile.
  2. Use the MA-5 QC to measure various sections of the assembled automobile and compare it with the specified digital data.
  3. Using a pre-programmed process, the MA-5 QC guides the location for each measurement to collect multiple data points and uses indicator lights to verify proper device alignment.
  4. The MA-5 QC compares the measured data with the digital color specification and displays a green checkmark if the color is within tolerance or a red checkmark if not.
  5. The connected EFX QC software tracks color measurement data to gauge quality and look for areas of improvement to increase profitability.

Featured Products

MA-5 QC | X-Rite Multi Angle Spectrophotometer Measuring Samples


A compact and lightweight spectrophotometer designed for consistent quality control and color measurement of effect finishes on the production floor, in the lab, and in the field.


EFX QC Quality Control Software


Capture, define, and control effect finishes with digital data to enable real-time performance monitoring across an integrated supply chain with EFX QC software.


Achieve Color Success

The MA-5 QC multi-angle spectrophotometer with EFX QC software offers a fast, user-friendly, cost-effective solution to validate whether assembled automobile parts are within specification before final delivery.